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Volunteers needed to safeguard future of Staindrop Carnival

HELPā€ˆNEEDED: Staindrop carnival committee. From left, treasurer David Ellwood, Jackie Ellwood, Elizabeth Griffiths, Jane MacInnes, Rebecca Suluga-Fagalilo and chairman Tony Smith

More volunteers are needed if one of the dale’s biggest village carnivals is to go ahead next year.
Staindrop carnival committee is appealing for more members in an attempt to keep the traditional community event going.
With fewer than a dozen volunteers, the committee has also bid farewell to the chairwoman, Liz Cronin, who has led the carnival management team for the past four years.
Resident Tony Smith has been on the committee for three years and has stepped into the role.
Acknowledging Ms Cronin’s dedication. Mr Smith said: “Liz has done a great job. Keeping one of Teesdale’s most popular carnivals going and making it the success it is today is a credit to her.
“She has moved it on to where it is now as a successful carnival. I am hoping to continue that and expand it even more but I think we need to double our members. As it stands it will be difficult to put the carnival on and there is a chance it won’t go ahead.”
The committee is hosting a recruitment evening on Monday, November 14. Anyone interested in getting involved with the carnival is welcome at The Wheatsheaf pub at 7.30pm.
Mr Smith said: “It was hard this year and it was exhausting because everyone was in six places at once. We could have done with more people. There are lots of little jobs that need doing that don’t need any experience.”
Volunteers are needed to help out with all aspects of the carnival day from  logistics to selling raffle tickets on the day.
Committee member Rebecca Suluga-Fagalilo said: “Staindrop carnival is a well-known carnival. I am from the village and it is part of my childhood memories. I joined the committee three years ago when they put out an appeal for more members. I didn’t want my children to not have the same memories.”
David Ellwood joined the committee with his wife, Jackie, seven years ago.
Having been committee treasurer for four years, Mr Ellwood said: “The carnival this year was really successful.
“The feedback has been superb. The reception from the village was amazing. So many people were in fancy dress. It was really brilliant to see the parade. I think it is one of Teesdale’s best carnivals.
“Any help that people can give we can always fit around that. Even if people can only come along on the day to help, that’s fine. That is the main thing that we need. People should get involved because it is fun. It is rewarding on the day when you see the smiles. To me that is what it is all about.”
For more information and to get involved contact Mr Smith on 01833 662998 or 07789 236081.


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